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Wooden Butcher’s Block – SOLD

14 Nov

Wooden butcher's block

Wooden butcher’s block

I’m absolutely delighted with how well this wooden butcher’s black came out! I was a bit reticent to buy it because the wood was quite scratched, and there were loads of stains on the top of the block from years of use. We’ve given it a good sanding and treated the legs with Woodoc oil and the top with ‘block butter’ – a bees wax treatment designed specifically for bread boards and butcher’s block that’s sadly only available from overseas, but I’m sure that you could find a local replacement (the wood does need treating to keep it looking good). The marks from using it as a cutting board still remain, but I quite like that  – it adds a certain authenticity to the piece and shows that it’s got some age to it. I’m not sure how old it is though? The friend who sold it to me seemed to think that it  was quite an old piece, and going on how well constructed it is, I think she might be right. The wood is solid (and I mean solid!) – sadly I just don’t think people make things like this anymore.

This is a seriously great piece of furniture – if they have the space in their kitchen, this is probably one of the coolest gifts you could give someone who’s seriously into their cooking!

P.S. A similar piece is selling on ebay for $700 (R7000)!

Dimensions: Approx. 1m tall x 50cm wide (a guesstimate because I forgot to take measurements!)

Price: R1650

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Retro Wooden Dressing Table – SOLD

12 Nov

Retro oak dressing table

Retro oak dressing table

I’ve bought very few dressing tables over the years, simply because of the amount of space they take up  – if I’m not careful Mint could easily take over our house! But I love the shape of this retro dressing table, and the fact that, for the large part, it’s solid wood (it looks like oak to me, but I’m not 100% certain). The two sides of the dressing table are veneer, but everything else – the drawers, the legs, the tops, are solid. And then there’re those brass handles, which I think are up there with the most lovely handles that I’ve ever seen – seriously, aren’t they just fantastic?!

A stupidly handsome dressing table! You’ll struggle to find a modern piece of furniture to rival it in terms of quality and style!

Note: There is some slight damage to the one piece of veneer (see pics under ‘more’), but otherwise the dressing table is in very good condition.

Dimensions: 121cm wide x 46cm deep x 168cm tall

Price: R2500

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Original Globe Chairs – SOLD

29 Oct

Set of five original Globe chairs

Set of five original Globe chairs

I bought these Globe chairs some months ago with the intention of restoring them to their former glory, but somehow several other projects have got in the way and now I find myself desperate for space and having to part with my beloved chairs! I’ve always had a bit of a thing for Globe chairs – I think it has something to do with the fact that we had a set of these in our kitchen growing up (as did most of my childhood friends), and the fact that they were made locally in Durban (first manufactured in 1921, until around the mid ’60s). And while I bought these chairs as a restoration project, they’re actually perfectly functional as they are. The veneer on one or two of the seats has started to warp, and on the whole the wood could do with a good sand and varnish, but structurally the chairs are fine. Plus because they’re unrestored they’re a lot cheaper than if they were in perfect nick. In good condition these chairs sell for around R500 each, so at under R250 they’re a bit of a steal!

Price: R240 each/R1100 for the set of 5

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Vintage Enamel Bin – SOLD

23 Oct

Vintage enamel bin

Vintage enamel bin

I think that this is the first plain enamel bin that I’ve come across – all the other black and white versions that we’ve sold have had writing on them. I’ve had ‘sugar’, ‘flour’ and ‘rice’ a few times (I once even had a ‘ghee’ tin!), but as far as I can remember this is the first bin that I’ve had with no writing at all, which I suppose makes it that much more adaptable in terms of where you can use it (you’re not just limited to the kitchen). As far as these bins go, the condition’s not bad at all. There are some chips in the enamel, which at some point look like they’ve been painted white, but the legs are still sturdy and the hinges and clasps are all in place.

A character-filled piece of enamelware that will make very attractive storage wherever you choose to use it!

Dimensions: 53cm tall x 34cm wide x 34cm deep

Price: R420

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Wood and Vinyl Lounge Suite

21 Oct

Retro wood & vinyl couch

Retro wood & vinyl couch

I’ve always loved wooden lounge suites, but they’ve become very hard to find in recent years. When I bought my first home they were already fairly difficult to come by, but they’d still turn up for sale now and again at prices that you could afford. But it’s been a good year or two since I’ve seen a wooden lounge suite for sale, so when I spotted this variation on the classic two-seater-plus-armchairs combo, I jumped at the chance to buy it, even though it’s somewhat unusual! The armchairs have been replaced by large stools on castors ( I have to say, I love that they’re on wheels!), and instead of the two-seater couch there’s a four-seater bench with the option of using cushions that need a wall to lean against. Personally I prefer the bench without the back cushions (I think that the cushions make it a bit bulky), but if you have the right space for it, I suppose it’s a more substantial piece of furniture with the cushions. I love the fact that it’s so long – not only does it make it very striking, but it also means that it could double as a bed if you’re ever in need of an extra spot for a visiting friend or family member.

An interesting set in great condition. I think you’d struggle to find a modern piece to replace it at this price – plus we all know that a contemporary version wouldn’t be nearly as cool!

Note: The original strapping has been replaced with chipboard, but the board is in perfect condition.

Dimensions: Bench-cum-couch – 2.15m long x 71cm deep x 40cm tall (85cm tall incl. back cushions); Stools – 70cm wide x50cm deep x 40cm tall

Price: Bench – R2600 – SOLD; Stools R690 each

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Retro Wood and Metal Table – SOLD

14 Oct

Retro wood & metal table

Retro wood & metal table

This is one good looking table! When I bought it it was looking a little worse for wear, but we’ve sanded down the metal legs, given them a good coat of rust treatment and painted them with black enamel paint, which should keep them going for a good few more years. The wood’s also been given a good sanding, but I’ve chosen to leave it raw because I like the way that it looks. I’m not sure how practical that is though, unless you’re going to give it regular rub-downs with some good wax, so for a small fee*, I can also have it varnished to protect it from food spills and general wear & tear.

A super handsome retro table that would look great sitting on your verandah!

* Please add R150 onto the price should you want the wood varnished.

Dimensions: 76.5cm wide x 120.5cm long x 76.5cm tall

Price: R1450

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